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Old 02-10-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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MAACO Paint

So, my paint on my YJ is pretty beat up, i am wondering my parents say that the paint will peel and chip after a year or something, but I want input from people who have gotten paint done by them, I just want to get a new coat of black so it can be nice and shiny and look clean. How much will it cost and how is the quality?

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my mom got one of them probably 15 yrs ago, it lasted a couple years before it started going to crap again.

you get what you pay for.

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Same deal. Have 3 different friends get paint done by maaco....didn't last two years on any of the 3 trucks they had painted.

Same your time and money. Get paint work done by them will be throwing you money away.
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I worked at a Maaco years ago, we did everything from the yellow cab "scuff" to classic and custom cars... as said above you get what you pay for... time is quality/money.
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I've heard the same...partially. From what I've been told, their paint holds up just fine IF you do all the prep work properly before you have them paint it. Apparently their largest problem is in the prep work...so if you sand it and prep it all (don't forget door jams, etc), you should be alright. I also wouldn't go for their bottom of the line paint job but go up a price range or two. That'll also help.
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:26 PM   #6
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IF you do all the prep work properly before you have them paint it.
X2. Prep work takes freaking forever. You can hire them to spray it, but don't expect them to spend hours on prep for $200.
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MAACO sucks. Take it to Earl Schieb instead! Oh wait, don't take it there either.

As said above, you will get what you pay for. If you want a 200 dollar paint job, go buy a couple cases of krylon and some tape. At least then, you'll have someone to blame.
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I was a custom painter/bodyman in a previous life. We had a number of former MAACO customers come into our bodyshop for a complete repaint after their MAACO paint job went to hell. Paint jobs are expensive. There's no way around it if you want a quality paint job. Prep time costs money, but it's worth it if you want it done correctly. Paint and supplies are a lot more expensive than you might think. I painted a boat/trailer combo with paint that was almost $1,000 a GALLON!!!!!! (The guy had more $ than brains.) Granted, most paint isn't THAT expensive, but it's a TON more expensive than a gallon of latex eggshell interior housepaint. Factor in your reducers and your catalysts, not to mention miles of tape and masking paper and it ALL ADDS UP.

Save your money until you can afford a paint job done by a reputable shop. You'll be happier in the long run, I can guarantee that.


Oh, and all of the posts above mine that tell you to do your own prep prior to taking it to a bodyshop are setting you up for failure. Most bodyshops (my former shop included) will NOT guarantee a paint job if they didn't do the prep work. If you bring your Jeep in to the shop covered in primer and want it sprayed, they'll likely tell you that they'll paint it, but if it goes to $h!t in the next year or so, it's on you.

Now here's what you CAN do to help the bodyshop if you're wanting to save some bucks...........

Remove the bumpers
remove the flares
remove all of your lights, from your headlights to your taillights
remove ANYTHING you can unbolt from the Jeep, from door handles, to mirrors, to ANYTHING you can. All of this will be stuff the shop DOESN'T have to do and will save you money when it comes to prep work. Leave the actual bodywork to the professionals, but remove all the bolt-on items that you can.
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MACCO is crap at best... decent pain jobs start in the $1500 range. Before selling our Vega we were going to have a friend do it, and his shop quoted us $1200 because it was a small car and a basic color.
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X2. Prep work takes freaking forever. You can hire them to spray it, but don't expect them to spend hours on prep for $200.

I'm surprised I have a little different opinion from most on here. I must have gotten lucky. I dropped a decent amount of money at Macco in December of '05. Yes, it took them a while, they got the color a shade off, and I was having nightmares the whole time the Jeep was in the shop, but the paint turned out surprisingly well.

I had the Jeep in primer before I took it but I also brought new parts to the shop for them to replace.(new fenders and windshield frame)

Overall, I spent the majority of my money on the parts and prep work. The paint was cheap but turned out nice for the price, 5 years and counting.Now that I've sung their praises, make paint is probably flaking as I type this, but who knows? Hopefully it will hold out another 5.
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MAACO is a franchise, so I expect it may depend on which shop you use as well as all of the other good advice above. The bottom line is you get what you pay for, but a decent body/paint man will tell you the costs and consequences up front.
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I was a custom painter/bodyman in a previous life. We had a number of former MAACO customers come into our bodyshop for a complete repaint after their MAACO paint job went to hell. Paint jobs are expensive. There's no way around it if you want a quality paint job. Prep time costs money, but it's worth it if you want it done correctly. Paint and supplies are a lot more expensive than you might think. I painted a boat/trailer combo with paint that was almost $1,000 a GALLON!!!!!! (The guy had more $ than brains.) Granted, most paint isn't THAT expensive, but it's a TON more expensive than a gallon of latex eggshell interior housepaint. Factor in your reducers and your catalysts, not to mention miles of tape and masking paper and it ALL ADDS UP.

Save your money until you can afford a paint job done by a reputable shop. You'll be happier in the long run, I can guarantee that.


Oh, and all of the posts above mine that tell you to do your own prep prior to taking it to a bodyshop are setting you up for failure. Most bodyshops (my former shop included) will NOT guarantee a paint job if they didn't do the prep work. If you bring your Jeep in to the shop covered in primer and want it sprayed, they'll likely tell you that they'll paint it, but if it goes to $h!t in the next year or so, it's on you.

Now here's what you CAN do to help the bodyshop if you're wanting to save some bucks...........

Remove the bumpers
remove the flares
remove all of your lights, from your headlights to your taillights
remove ANYTHING you can unbolt from the Jeep, from door handles, to mirrors, to ANYTHING you can. All of this will be stuff the shop DOESN'T have to do and will save you money when it comes to prep work. Leave the actual bodywork to the professionals, but remove all the bolt-on items that you can.
I agree, and well said. My Dad has been painting cars for 60 years, he will tell you exactly what you said. A quality paint job will run in the range of $1000 alone and up just for the materials, and the paint is only as good as the metal it is going on and how well it is prepped.
Dad did some prep work, but his forte was painting cars, I used to love as kid going to the body shop to watch him shoot a car, and I am proud to say, at 78 he still has the touch.

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